It’s War: McConnell Group Attacks Breitbart, Bannon Demands McConnell To Resign
The Republican party is at war with itself with the GOP leadership and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon firing shots back and forth.
On Thursday, Senate Majority leader called for Alabama GOP candidate Roy Moore, who is backed by Bannon, to step down after the Washington Post reported that Moore had an alleged inappropriate sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl in 1979.
Moore beat Alabama state Sen. Luther Strange, who was endorsed by Mitch McConnel and Donald Trump, in a widely reported primary last month.
“If these allegations are true, Moore must step aside,” McConnell said, The Hill reports.
Sen. Luther Strange, who ran against and lost to Moore in the September GOP primary for the Senate seat, could run a write-in campaign following the allegations against Moore. However, it is unclear whether state laws would allow Strange to run a write-in campaign.
Meanwhile, Bannon has called on Senate Majority Leader to resign, telling Fox News that “to really bring unity to the Republican Party and get things done, I think Mitch McConnell ought to tender his resignation.”
“What he ought to do is offer to resign as soon as taxes are done. We can’t do it in the middle of taxes. … Because, I’ve got to tell you, there needs to be a sense of urgency in the Senate,” Bannon told Fox News, according to Politico.
Later, the Senate Leadership Fund, a super-PAC linked to McConnell shot back at Bannon and Breitbart News for defending Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore in the face of allegations he had inappropriate relationships with teenagers.
— Senate Ldshp Fund (@Senate_Fund) November 9, 2017
The organization also released a statement saying “there is no place in our party for sexual predators.”
McConnell’s spokesperson declined to comment.